It looks as though the highly anticipated Mario Kart 8 might be sold out on Amazon.com. The game is currently only available via email alerts, meaning if someone cancels their pre-order you may be able to get a copy. Whether it’s sold out due to volumes of pre-orders, or is just a stock issue, remains to be seen.
Update: The sales rank is 415 so it’s most likely a stock issue.
You can currently get Bioware’s fantastic Mass Effect 3 for a mere $10 on Amazon at the moment. The space based action title is sold by Hubbagames, but it’s fulfilled by Amazon. Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U currently has an average review score of 85 on Metacritic so it’s well worth a purchase.
While Retro Studio’s latest opus Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has had differing review scores from a number of publications, the game is currently number one on the Amazon best-sellers chart in Germany, Spain, and France. Donkey Kong’s latest adventure scored a mediocre 6 from GameSpot, but got a perfect ten from Destructoid.
EDGE magazine recently had the opportunity to sit down with Amazon.co.uk’s category leader of video games and software Ketu Patel, who spoke at length about the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as the Wii U, Vita, and Nintendo 3DS. Patel says that while he doesn’t think Nintendo will met their sales expectations, they’ve still got some fantastic IP’s and they’re here to stay in the long tun.
“Contrary to a lot of people’s opinion, Nintendo is here to stay and Nintendo will do very well this year. They’re not going to meet their expectations, absolutely, but they’ve still got strong franchises and strong hardware and if you look at the back end of last year when they had a fairly good release slate, it certainly drove their hardware. 3DS has done very well for us so that format is here to stay.”
“I think Nintendo have this imposed on them and it’s driven by a lot of the media, and the media drives perception. Nintendo are getting a lot of bad press and PR and as soon as anything negative is out there it’s a media frenzy. It diminishes what they’ve actually done. If you look at 3DS as a format, it has done very well last year – had that sort of performance been with Microsoft or Sony, my personal opinion is that everybody would be thinking ‘wow, what a fantastic job’. Because it’s Nintendo and they’ve been embroiled in this negative PR frenzy, everyone thinks it’s a dying format. It’s absolutely not.”
Wii Party U is being sold for $39.99 at Amazon. Originally priced at $49.99, the party game comes with a stand for the Wii U GamePad and a Wii Remote Plus, which itself costs $39.99 as a standalone product. Nintendo previously confirmed that the Wii U title will not be sold digitally via the Nintendo eShop. Wii Party U was released on October 25th, 2013.
You can now get the Silver Nintendo 3DS XL Mario & Luigi Dream Team bundle for $178.88 on Amazon.com. The product is sold through National Sale LLC and is meant to retail for $199.99. Mario & Luigi Dream Team comes pre-installed on the system and received an average review score of 81 on Metacritic.
Capcom and Namco Bandai’s ambitious brawler Project X Zone is now only $15 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America. If you’d rather purchase a physical release then you can pick Project X Zone up for $20 on Amazon. Project X Zone features over 50 characters from 29 historic game franchises by three of Japan’s most prolific video game companies. The game currently has an average score of 70 on Metacritic.
Popular online retailer Amazon.com has put together a list of their favourite games of 2013 spanning all formats. The well received Super Mario 3D World is placed ninth in Amazon’s best games of 2013 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is placed in 3rd. Interestingly multiplatform game Rayman Legends has been placed in seventh position beating Super Mario 3D World. However, the online retailer has placed the critically acclaimed The Last of Us as Game of the Year.
- The Last of Us
- Rogue Legacy
- Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- GTA V
- Bioshock Infinite
- Rayman Legends
- Super Mario 3D World
- Ni No Kuni
The highly-anticipated Nintendo 3DS RPG from Square Enix, Bravely Default, is now available for pre-order in North America. On Amazon, as well as GameStop, you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition of the game. While on Amazon it is priced at $49.99, GameStop prices it at $54.99. Bravely Default is set to be released on the 3DS in North America on February 7th and in Europe on December 6th. The standard edition is also available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon for $39.99 a piece. Will you be pre-ordering the game? Let us know your thoughts on Square Enix’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS entry.
Popular online retailer Amazon Italy may have just leaked the fourth playable character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The box-art for the Wii U exclusive now features the long-standing Cranky Kong. Hopefully we will see some new footage of the game at this year’s VGX awards, which Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime should be attending.